When I was the ripe ol’ age of 18, I met Richard Gwartney. He was a director in town that I had not had the pleasure of working with yet. He was in need of an actor to step in for a production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead at City Park Players. He had lost his Hamlet and asked if I would be interested in stepping into the role. After our first conversation I knew this was someone I needed to work with. So, I found a way to make the schedule work and joined the show. That singular chance meeting gave me one of my truest friends and mentors. It wasn’t long after that first show together, that Richard asked me about doing this funny two-man show with him as a fundraiser for Empty Space Players.
“How truly amazing is it that we find ourselves surrounded by friends that support not only the start of our theatre company, but our relationship in such a positive way?” Lexie and I have said the following phrase more times than I can count. There was a time that this wasn’t the case. Lately, I have been thinking of the shifts we go through in life. The people that we have to ask to “please exit stage left” so that we can create a more positive stage picture for ourselves and to make way for those waiting in the wings. Over the last couple of years, we have had to let certain people in our lives go. Not because we dislike these people. There are many people who I care about that (though I may not have realized it at the time) made me a more negative person.